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Zhang Chunqiao

Zhang Chunqiao (張春橋, Pinyin zhang1 chun1 qiao2) (born 1917) was a member of the Gang of Four.

He worked as a writer in Shanghai in the 1930s. After the Yan'an[?] conference in 1938, he joined the Communist Party of China. With the creation of the People's Republic of China, he became a prominent journalist in Shanghai in charge of the Liberation Daily (Jiegang Ribao). He met Jiang Qing in Shanghai and helped to launch the Cultural Revolution.

In February 1967 he organized the Shanghai Commune[?]. In April 1969 he joined the Central Committee and in 1973 he was promoted to the Permanent Committee. In January 1975 he became second deputy Prime Minister. His attempt to promote himself higher in the party's hierarchy ended when he was arrested in October 1976. He was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

He was released for medical reasons in August 2002 and was arranged to live in obscurity back in Shanghai.

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